Ants are in Full Spring

Think it’s too cold for ants? Think again. While temperatures remain below average for a typical Chicago spring, our customers don’t lie. Ants are indeed appearing in homes and offices throughout Chicagoland, and Aerex’s phone records will prove it. Aerex Pest Control wants to help you keep ants at bay. As a chilly spring season approaches, it’s time to revisit the best ant prevention techniques.

Identification:

As always, proper identification is the first step in pest prevention. The black carpenter ant is what we will most likely be finding in the Midwest. Known as “worker ants” these little guys are black, wingless and small. You might be thinking “Aerex, please. I know what an ant looks like.” What you may not know is that carpenter ants vary considerably between species.

Habits: 

Once again – feel like it’s too early for ant talk? Wrong! Each year, carpenter ants become active in early spring (March-April) and remain so through early fall (October-September). Most carpenter ant colonies become dormant during winter, but indoor nests may have some continued activity.

Managing Carpenter Ants: 

There are simple pest prevention measures that apply to all pests. Sealing cracks and crevices, keeping your home/office free of food remnants and crumbs, clearing clutter and keeping logs and branches off your home are all ways to prevent pests. Luckily, there are simple, effortless and effective ways to control ants around your home or office.

Ants are notorious for appearing as a result of food exposure. It’s more important than ever to keep food in seal tight containers and keep countertops clean. On a similar note, take your trash out regularly and keep the trash can tightly sealed. If you have an indoor recycling bin, rinse out cans, bottles and jugs etc before recycling. In addition to sanitation, it’s important to find and seal ant entry points. Weather seal doors and gaps around windows, and caulk around escutcheon plates that surround pipes or faucets that provide access to the wall voids or outdoors, door frames, flooring cracks, sinks, or any other area that ants could easily access.

With spring in full force, tiny ants across the country are building their ant farms and reproducing by the millions. A few ants here and there aren’t a problem, but when ants make their way from your front walkway and into your home you’ll need to do something about it. Don’t let ants get out of hand. Chicago pest control services are just a phone call away. Call Aerex Pest Control for fast, safe and effective pest removal and control.

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